OU football notebook: Ryan Broyles' record-setting gloves saved from garbage

By Travis Haney and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers Modified: October 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm •  Published: October 19, 2011

A piece of history nearly wound up in a garbage can in Lawrence, Kan.

Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles set the NCAA career receptions record last weekend during the team's win at Kansas.

But he fumbled trying to score soon after making the catch, so he decided to discard the gloves.

“I fumbled that ball,” Broyles said, “and I needed a new pair. I'm superstitious. I didn't even think about it.”

Broyles said it's the first time he's ever thrown gloves away in the middle of a game (because fumbling isn't exactly the norm for the senior).

After the win, Sooners sports information director Kenny Mossman asked Broyles where his gloves were. Broyles pointed toward the trash can.

Mossman, in a suit and tie, fished them out.

“I think they had some Gatorade on them,” Broyles said, “but they were fine.”

Broyles was much more concerned about the football than the gloves. He held tight to the ball after securing the record-breaking catch.

He eventually let go, so it could travel to the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for a couple of weeks. Then it will return to Broyles' mantle.

“They'd better give it back,” Broyles said, laughing. “I'd go steal it if I had to.”

Broyles said teammates and coaches were counting down the catches out loud as he neared the record. He needed three to tie and four to set the record entering the game. A 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter allowed him to establish the new mark.

“They knew I needed one more,” he said, “so (the coaches) said, ‘Let's get it right here. Let's see if we can get a touchdown right here.'”

SOONERS COULD HAVE TWO CENTERS OF ATTENTION

When injured center Ben Habern is healthy enough to return, the plan has been to have him play left guard while he builds strength into his broken right wrist. If Gabe Ikard continues to play well in Habern's stead, he could potentially stay there.

“We'll see what Ben can do,” said James Patton, OU's interior offensive line coach. “Ben played guard. He keeps reminding me of that all the time. He played a bunch of guard down there, blowing people up. … Just based on how he comes back, with his injury. He's a ballplayer. He's a blocker. He'll play somewhere up there for us.”

Patton and head coach Bob Stoops have been impressed with Ikard, the Bishop McGuinness product. His ability to snap has been as good as they professed it would be when he slid over to replace Habern.

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